Mantenna - Spartacus Star Andy Whitfield Dies

September 12, 2011
Spartacus star Andy Whitfield dies, Amy Winehouse’s father says his daughter died of a seizure, and Serena Williams gets fined for an outburst at the US Open…the Mantenna spits hot fire!

Spartacus Star Andy Whitfield Dies

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Andy Whitfield, the Aussie actor who played the title role in Starz’s gladiator drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand, has lost his battle to cancer. He was 39 years old. His wife released a statement confirming Whitfield’s passing, saying, “On a beautiful, sunny Sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18 month battle with lymphoma cancer. He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was.” Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma 18 months ago, just prior to the filming of a second season of the hit gladiator drama. That season was put on hold while Whitfield recovered, however he subsequently relapsed and was sadly recast. [Los Angeles Times]

Fatherhood Makes You Less Manly

Becoming a father causes a drop in testosterone, according to a new study. This drop in the male hormone is thought to promote the nurturing side of the male and shows that men are biologically hardwired to be active parents. The study out Northwestern University measured the testosterone levels of 624 Filipino men aged 21-26 over five years. The results showed that those males who became fathers experienced a 26-34 percent drop in testosterone levels. Those who remained childless suffered a 12-14 percent decrease in testosterone over the same period of time. Christopher Kuzawa, a co-author of the study, says, “Raising human offspring is such an effort that it is cooperative by necessity, and our study shows that human fathers are biologically wired to help with the job.” The study also shows the more a male is involved in his child’s life, the lower his testosterone drops. [AFP]

Serena Williams Fined for Outburst at US Open Final

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Following an outburst directed at an umpire during her U.S. Open upset loss yesterday to Samantha Stosur, Serena Williams has been fined for verbally abusing a referee during play. After losing a point for screaming "Come on!" after ripping a shot across the court, Williams mildly went off on ref Eva Asderaki in front of television cameras broadcasting the match. "Code violation for this? I expressed myself, we're in America last time I checked. Don't look at me. Don't look my way," Williams harshly said to the umpire. "You're out of control. You are unattractive inside.” Damn, girl. According to reports, Serena Williams was slapped with a $2,000 fine after officials ruled that her on-court venting was not a major offense. [TMZ]

Amy Winehouse’s Father Says Singer Died of a Seizure

On the first-ever episode of Anderson Cooper's new talk show Anderson, Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, opened up about what really caused his daughter’s untimely death. Mitch first addressed the fact that drugs had nothing to do with Amy’s death. “Everyone thought I was in denial, I wasn't in denial, she hadn't taken drugs. She'd been clean for round about three years... Her problem was alcohol, the last few years of her life,” Mitch Winehouse told Cooper. “It might be that drugs took its toll in the early years, but there were no drugs in her system... Alcohol, however, was to blame,” Mitch explained. Winehouse rounded things off by claiming that seizures caused her little girl’s passing in the end. "She had a series of seizures brought on by this binge drinking and then stopping to drink... I think it's what the doctor said, I think she had a seizure and this was the time when there was no one there to rescue her." [Billboard]